On any given day my kidlets ask me hundreds of questions. “Who is picking me up from school today?” “What are we having for dinner?” “Where are my sneakers?” “Why do I have to brush my teeth every day?” “When will you stop telling me what to do?” These questions are pretty simple for me to answer. I don’t even have to think twice about my reply because there is no doubt that I have the correct answer.It’s when my kidlets ask me questions such as: “Why is the sky blue?” “Where does the wind come from?” “Where do plants come from?” and “What are clouds made of?” that I feel like I’m on the hot seat. Not only do I want to be able to give them the correct answer, but I also want to answer them in an age-appropriate way for them to understand.
After a long day of being on my feet – commuting, at work and errands/activities with the kidlets – I love to come home and kick off my shoes and slip my tired and worn out tootsies into a comfy pair of slippers. It’s actually the first thing I do when I enter the house, even before I take off my jacket or put down my purse. I have my slippers waiting for me on a shoe tray right by the front door entrance.
Finding a comfy pair of slippers though isn’t as easy as it sounds, because I’m pretty picky. Most slippers look cute and fashionable, but either there isn’t enough cushioning or their construction is pretty flimsy. It’s even a long-running joke in my family that when in doubt about what to buy me — for my birthday, Mother’s Day or Christmas — they should get me slippers because I’m always on search for that “perfect” pair.
Since The Hubs and I started living the pescatarian lifestyle earlier this year, we’ve been experimenting with of new foods. I’ve learned all about vegetarian meat AKA mock meats — foods make to look like various meats, but made from soy, gluten, eggs, veggies or a combo of those ingredients — and that kale is the new spinach! Most recently I learned about the many health benefits of coconut oil and flax seeds to a persons daily diet, courtesy of a care package from Carrington Farms for #AllGoodApril month.
My favorite cooking appliance isn’t in my kitchen, it’s right outside, literally. It’s my gas grill! I love cooking meals on the grill and use it all year-long — in rain or shine, snow or sleet, as long as there is a clear path leading to the gill, I cook on it. It wasn’t until a few years ago though that I started to plank grill.
Grilling with a plank is a lot like using a pan, except the plank has the ability to produce smoke. This method is great because it provides a stable surface to grill your food on while at the same time infusing it tons of flavor. It’s also healthier than traditional grilling, as dishes remain juicier and require less added fat and salt for flavor.
So when Plank Grilling: 75 Recipes for Infusing Foods with Flavor Using Wood Planks by Dina Guillen showed up at the house, I was excited. Up until that point I’d just been pulling plank grilling recipes off the internet, not realizing there were whole cookbooks devoted to this cooking method. Plank Grilling – 75 Recipes for Infusing Foods with Flavor Using Wood Planks is the perfect cookbook for a grill plank beginner or even an intermediate planker like myself. Continue reading ⇒
Journaling is currently a big thing in my house. Not to be confused with a diary which recounts one’s daily activities, journaling encompasses lots of things — from recording feelings and experiences, to collecting slips of important papers and photos to jotting down poems, sayings and sketches. I like to think of journaling as sort of an analog version of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or even blogging!
Both of my kidlets have their own journals and there are lots of times that they suddenly dash off to their rooms to scribble down whatever it is they put in there. See, I’m not quite sure what’s in there because whatever they put in their journal is totally private and unless they want to share it with me – this mom doesn’t peek!
When my kidlets were really little there were two books that they begged me and The Hubs to read to them at bedtime each night. One was Goodnight Moon and the other was Big Red Barn, which both happen to be written by Margaret Wise Brown. Brown is one of the most popular children’s authors of all time. Her use of rhymed verse coupled with beautiful illustrations of realistic characters and objects have lulled children, including my own, to sleep for generations.
Though Brown died in 1952, she has a new book of out now called Goodnight Songs from Sterling Children’s Books. The book isa collection of previously unpublished lullabies that is gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists.
When I was in 4th grade my elementary school held a talent show. In addition to the students who actually possessed some sort of vocal, dancing or other performance talent, each class had to come up with their own “act.” Since my class luckily had a few kids who could actually carry a tune, my teacher decided that we should sing a song, but what would we sing? Around this time there was a relatively new musical on Broadway and its theme song “Join the Circus” was a catchy, upbeat and whimsical tune which was perfect for a bunch of nine and ten-year-olds to sing to an audience filled with parents, grandparents and siblings!
For weeks we practiced the song and paired it with a little routine. One boy in class was chosen to be the ringleader and he got to wear a glitzy red coat and black top hat. The rest of us dressed up in old-school clown costumes with big shoes, funny ties and big red noses! My mom was a whiz at sewing and she hand-made my clown costume. It was baggy aqua blue number with a pink netting collar, edged with pink sequence and the look was completed with a tall cone hat that had a pink fuzzy ball on top (gee, I wish I still had a picture of it to show you)!
It was a monster of a time last night at the Monster Jam show at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, NJ.
We got to see some of the biggest and baddest Monster Jam trucks – including Grave Digger: The Legend, MadUSA, Grave Digger, Captain America, Thrasher, Black Stallion and Overkill Evolution — blitz and blaze through the air, sometimes soaring up over 30 feet, in their quest to crush the competition (and the poor cars underneath!).
Today I’m happy to once again have Tyler aka The Hubs (@dadandmarried) guest post on the blog. In our home he is our tech guru, the one who is in charge of all our digital entertainment needs including TVs, streaming players, handheld devices and audio needs.
When I happened to mention an opportunity to do a wireless speaker review from Sol Republic, he nearly jumped out of his skin, telling me I had to get it, it was on his current list of “must haves.” Since he was going to be the one figuring Sol Republic’s DECK out, he should write the review. Not a bad a trade-off I say, so take it away Tyler….Continue reading ⇒
This year we made our first of I’m sure many family pilgrimages to Disney World. Quite honestly, I don’t’ know who was more excited about the trip, the kidlets or us adults! While I was looking forward to all the fun we were going to have, I also couldn’t wait to see the priceless reactions of my kids experiencing the Magic of Disney for the first time!
Its been a few months since we’ve made that trip, but all those fun and happy memories came flooding back to us in an instant this past weekend when we listened to the new Disney Classics Box Set From Walt Disney Records.